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Bridgwater • Taunton

Minehead is a small coastal town in West Somerset, with Selworthy Beacon and Exmoor rising right from the edge of the town. It grew to prominence in the Victorian era, especially with the arrival of the now preserved West Somerset Railway.

In late 2011 it was seemingly approved as one of the new Primary Destinations, despite (and because of) being 20 miles from the nearest Primary Route. This leaves the interesting question of which roads will be given Primary Status - the A39 from Bridgwater, being the signed route from the M5, or possibly the A358 / A39 route from Taunton.

As for roads, the only classified road in Minehead is the A39. Until recently this still followed the original 1922 route through the town centre, even though through traffic was directed along Hopcott and Periton Roads to the south of the town - routes which existed in 1922. However in the last few years the A39 seems to have been diverted onto this route, and the brackets have been patched over on signs. Traffic on the old route had already been eased somewhat with the construction of Seaward Way to the east of the town, taking traffic directly to Butlins, the Sea Front and Station.

The next nearest classified route is the A396 from Tiverton, which terminates at Dunster a mile to the east. Beyond that, the A358 from Taunton meets the A39 at Williton. Westwards lies Porlock, with the infamous 1 in 4 Porlock Hill to climb out of the town and continue across Exmoor to Devon.


Route To Notes


Porlock, Lynmouth


Williton, Bridgwater, Taunton (A358)


Dunster, Tiverton

A39 • A396
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